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Chocolate and cherry compote slices

June 30, 2008
Do we need any excuse for having a chocolate cake? Certainly not and there‘s no denying a moist chocolate cake is the most appropriate and enjoyable way to end a meal. If u like and savor it you are most welcome to have a slice baked with fresh cherry compote drizzled and served with your choice of either whipped cream, chocolate sauce or some of your favorite guilt free topping.

Whipping a cake never requires any special occasion or an excuse for me. If I am not mistaken I do bake as often as I can. Trying and testing with varieties of dry fruits, fresh fruits and sampling with nuts ignites my passions and keeps me rolling. I just enjoy shifting all ingredients in the baking pan, turning down the oven and wandering around while the oven does all the work.. After sometime, delicious aroma starts to waft through the house and as the kitchen warms up it is time for me to devour every crumb.
Ever since I have started baking from my 12th grade I have experimented replacing and substituting ingredients but never taken chances with the raising agents that gives life and lift to the cake .Even though the cake tastes delicious but the soft and porous texture makes a lot more difference. Once I remember I was baking at my in laws place and I used Sodium benzoate (preservative) instead soda bi carbonate by mistake and cake turned out to be rock hard. It was such an embarrassment when they were eagerly waiting for their lions share.

I have been visualizing this cherry compote and chocolate combo cake since ages and during my recent visit to the farmers market I quickly grabbed a carton of fresh cherry and happily skipped home to warm the oven and get my mittens ready.

Here are list of ingredients
For the compote1 cup of pitted fresh cherry
¼ cup sugar

Combine the pitted cherry and sugar in a saucepan and keep stirring on a medium fire till the mixture thickens and resembles like this. Remove and cool it.

For the cake2 cups plain Flour
2 eggs
1cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter
½ cup milk
1teaspoon Vanilla essence
Method. Shift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder in a bowl. Beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla essence and whisk till it is mixed well. Add flour and milk alternatively and mix the batter well.
Grease a baking pan and pour half of the above batter .Spread the prepared Cherry compote evenly and top it with the remaining batter. Preheat the oven 180’c and bake for 25 to 30 min or until done. Slice and serve it with cherry compote.

Note- you can use baking cocoa for rich and dark color and some cinnamon to enhance the flavor the compote. Orange zest also adds zing to the chocolate cake.

On recent browsing of old pictures from the hard drive I found this butterfly cake picture that was completely wiped out of my memory. I baked this cake for my friend’s daughter on her third birthday.

It was a regular sponge cake and I used whipping cream and icing sugar for the frosting.

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25 Comments

  • Reply Trupti June 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Both cakes looks delicious S. Butterfly cake looks superb.

  • Reply Kevin July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Chocolate and cherries is such a great combination. That chocolate cake looks really good!

  • Reply SpicyTasty July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Wow!! u have a good taste for pictures. Very nice. Looks delicious. wanna grab a piece.

  • Reply Mansi Desai July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    I love compotes! they are the best way to retain the flavor of seasonal fruits:) the cake looks rich and beautiful Shibani!:)

  • Reply Bhawana July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    cake looks very delicious. So far I have not tried anything in oven. will try now :).

  • Reply KALVA July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    hMM Simply delicious!!!

  • Reply 一楠亚夏 July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    so many delicious food!all made from you?happy beijing’s day

  • Reply bee July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    i love the way your chocolate cake looks and cherry compote is a favourite in our home too.

  • Reply Rachel July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    😀 at your mishap baking for the in laws…

    I picked up a box of cherries…I know what to do with them now….

    The butterfly cake is lovely..

  • Reply JZ @ Tasty treats July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    both cakes look awesome!! the pictures are just as perfect as the cakes…the butterfly cake is a great idea for kids cakes!! 🙂

  • Reply Cham July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Beautiful chocolate cake 🙂 Love the butterfly in plate

  • Reply Asha July 1, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Great combo, chocolate and Cherry, what more could you want? Delicious!:)

  • Reply romaspace July 1, 2008 at 3:07 am

    hey! Your cake looks simply delicious!

  • Reply Aparna July 1, 2008 at 3:07 am

    I never need excuses for chocolate!
    This a great recipe. I’ve got a box of cherries (half now that the rest has been eaten). I think I’ll make this.

  • Reply meeso July 1, 2008 at 3:07 am

    The chocolate cake sounds awesome, and I love the butterfly 🙂

  • Reply Sagari July 1, 2008 at 3:07 am

    both cakes look beautifulllll

  • Reply Sunshinemom July 1, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Delicious cake! We bring cherries and the kids finish it up even before I get to use them in cakes:)

  • Reply delhibelle July 2, 2008 at 3:15 am

    You have been waiting since 12th grade..wow!
    The chocolate and cherry compote slices look utterly gorgeous!

  • Reply Jeena July 2, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Cherry and chocolate is one of my all time favourites. You do not realise how much I wanted to eat this cake when I saw it!!!!

  • Reply ranji July 2, 2008 at 3:15 am

    oooooooo this is another one for me to try!!definitely bookmarked…
    love it..
    chk my todays post.have put up the mango bar:)..thank u so much for the recipe..

  • Reply Madhavi July 2, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Awesome chocolate cake, delicious. I just love chocolate and ur cake looks mouth-drooling!!!! Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu :)))

  • Reply Uma July 2, 2008 at 3:15 am

    beautiful cakes Shibani! lovely choco cake and cute butterfly cake.

  • Reply meeso July 4, 2008 at 2:42 am

    I have something waiting for you at my blog 🙂

  • Reply JZ @ Tasty treats July 4, 2008 at 2:42 am

    heay pearl, theres something for u on my blog..check it out 🙂

  • Reply Passionate baker...& beyond July 6, 2008 at 12:15 am

    What a pretty cake Shibani…love the idea of cherry compote on it before it’s been baked. looks scrumtious, as does the coconut almond biscotti! Both are great combinations!

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